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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am so sorry to hear that your Shadow has this mass and the aspiration was non diagnostic. Is there a way to get a second opinion on an aspiration, either by having your veterinarian send off the aspirations that were taken to a diagnostic laboratory or another veterinary clinic to aspirate the mass again?I understand your hesitations and having a definitive "the cells are concerning and it should come off" versus "I can't tell you what it is but I think it needs to come off" will help guide your decision on surgery.As far as surgery cost, this can vary wide throughout the country and even in the same town. It can range from $300 in a small town to $1000 at a specialty clinic in a city so finding someone that you are comfortable with and is not beyond your means is key.Laser surgery can be used to remove the lump but that will increase your cost as most clinics who have this option will be a larger clinic since these are pricey pieces of equipment ($25k or so). A good surgeon can remove these lumps without laser and healing will be similar. I do lump removals regularly and dogs are back to normal within a week postoperativelyI hope this information is helpful but please let me know how else I can assist you both today. I am online another hour to assist you
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